PROGRAM OF STUDIES: Grades 1 – 8

As a Waldorf grade school, we endeavor to teach the child through “head, hands and heart.” The Waldorf curriculum instills a living wisdom that enriches the intellect and deepens the natural joy and wonder of learning, integrating the arts in both academic and practical activities. Academic excellence, the visual and performing arts, social responsibility, and moral integrity are the hallmarks of this time-tested education.

In Waldorf schools, the same teacher ideally remains with the class from first grade through eighth, providing continuity in curriculum and a deep understanding of and appreciation for each child. The main lesson subjects, taught in blocks of three to four weeks, are presented during the first hours of the morning. The intent of this approach is to focus fully on one theme, which is presented in an interdisciplinary and artistic way, actively connecting the subject with the child’s feelings and maturing intellect. Specially trained faculty teach Spanish, Mandarin, handwork, music, physical education, woodwork, painting, eurythmy, form drawing and calligraphy.

 

First Grade

Language Arts: Capital & Lower Case Letters, Oral Recitation, Introduction to Reading, Drama
Literature: Folk and Fairy Tales
Mathematics: Number Concept, The Four Operations (+, -, x, รท), simple times tables/fact families
Nature Study: Stories, artwork, outdoor exploration
Form Drawing: Straight Line and Curve, Linear Forms
Spanish: Songs and verses, Dances and Games
Physical Education: Cooperative Games, walking, imaginative outdoor play & Integrative movement
Handwork: Knitting
Artwork: Painting, Drawing, Modeling
Music: Pentatonic flute, singing, rhythmic activities

 

Second Grade

Language Arts: Lower Case Letters, Simple Parts of Speech, Reading, Oral Recitation, Drama, Story Writing
Literature: Fables, Legends of Saints and Heroes
Mathematics: The Four Operations Continued, Fact Families Continued Concrete Computation, Column Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication Facts, Problem Solving
Native American Lore
Nature Study & Earthcrafts
Form Drawing: Linear Forms
Spanish: Songs, Dances and Games, Poetry and Stories, Alphabet and Numbers
Physical Education: Cooperative Games, Walking, Outdoor Play & Integrated Movement
Handwork: Knitting and Purling, Crochet
Artwork: Painting, Drawing, Modeling
Music: Pentatonic flute, Singing, rhythmic activities

 

Third Grade

Language Arts: Cursive Writing, Parts of Speech, Grammar and Punctuation, Reading, Spelling, Oral Recitation, Drama, Story Writing, Journaling
Literature: Old Testament Stories, Laura Ingalls Wilder/Farm Stories
Mathematics: Four Operations Continued, Carrying and Borrowing, Multiplication Tables, Time, Money and Measurement, Computation and Problem Solving Graphing
Food, Shelter and Clothing
Farming & Gardening
Form Drawing: Vertical Symmetry
Spanish: Songs, Dances and Games, Poetry and Stories, Color and Action Words, Farm & Shopping Vocab
Physical Education: Cooperative Games, Outdoor Play
Handwork: More Complex Crochet and Knitting Projects
Artwork: Painting, Drawing, Modeling
Music: Soprano Recorder, Singing, Music Notation Introduced

 

Fourth Grade

Language Arts: Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling, Letter Format, Reading, Oral Recitation, Poetry, Drama, Descriptive, Creative & Journal Writing
Literature: Norse Mythology/Local Native American Stories
Mathematics: Fractions, Long Division, Computation and Problem Solving
Zoology
Local Geography & History, Mapping
Form Drawing: Braided Forms
Spanish: Songs, Dances and Games, Poetry and Stories, Days, Months, Seasons, Telling Time
Physical Education: Cooperative Games, Team Skills
Handwork: Cross Stitch
Artwork: Painting, Drawing, Clay Sculpture
Music: Singing (Rounds), Music Notation, Instrumental Music, Recorder/Rhythm Work, Woodwork

 

Fifth Grade

Language Arts: Grammar and Composition, Spelling, Reading, Report Writing, Drama
Literature & History: Ancient Civilizations and Mythology (Indian, Persian, Babylonian, Egyptian, Greek)
Mathematics: Decimals, Mixed Numbers, Computation and Problem Solving, Ratios and Percents
Botany & Zoology
North American Geography & History
Form Drawing: Free Hand Geometric Drawing
Spanish: Spanish Geography, Foods, Subject Pronouns and Verb Conjugation
Classics: Egyptian and Greek Language and Culture
Physical Education: Greek Olympic Events
Handwork: Four Needle Knitting
Woodwork
Artwork: Painting, Drawing, Clay Sculpture
Music: Recorder Ensemble, Singing (Rounds and Harmonies), Music Notation, Orchestra and Chorus

 

Sixth Grade

Language Arts: Grammar and Composition, Spelling, Reading, Report Writing, Drama
Literature & History: Rome and the Middle Ages
Mathematics: Business Math, Computation and Problem Solving, Geometric Drawing
Astronomy, Mineralogy & Geology, Physics (Heat, Light & Sound)
Geography of Latin America
Spanish: Conversational Spanish, Grammar and Vocabulary
Classics: Latin and Roman Culture
Physical Education: Team Sports, Archery
Handwork: Fabric Sculpture
Woodwork
Artwork: Painting, Drawing (black and white media), Clay Sculpture
Music: Recorder Ensemble, Singing (Rounds and Harmonies), Chorus

 

Seventh Grade

Language Arts: Grammar and Composition, Creative Writing, Spelling, Reading, Report Writing, Note Taking Skills, Researching, Drama
Literature & History: The Renaissance and Age of Exploration, The Reformation, The Scientific Revolution, Life and Work of Shakespeare
Mathematics: Negative Numbers, Inequalities, Pre-algebra, Geometry
Physics, Time Changes, Chemistry, Physiology(Electricity & Magnetism)
European and African Geography
Spanish: Conversational Spanish, Grammar and Vocabulary
Physical Education: Team Sports, Archery
Handwork: Sewing Clothing
Woodwork
Artwork: Painting, Perspective Drawing, Clay Sculpture
Music: Recorder Ensemble, Singing, Chorus

 

Eighth Grade

Language Arts: Grammar and Composition, Creative Writing, Spelling, Reading, Report Writing, Note taking Skills, Researching, Drama, Literary Forms, Elements of Style
Literature & History: American History, Industrial Revolution, 20th Century
Mathematics: Algebra, Geometry
Meteorlogy, Chemistry, Physiology
World Geography, emphasis on Asia
Spanish: Conversational Spanish, Literature, Grammar and Vocabulary
Physical Education: Team Sports
Handwork: Machine Sewing
Woodwork
Artwork: Painting, Drawing, Clay Sculpture, Other Media
Music: Recorder Ensemble, Singing, Chorus